Coheed and Cambria are approaching the three year mark since they’ve released what I would consider their opus of a double album, The Afterman. Naturally, the sheer amount of material the band dropped and the fact that two band members had children lent to a longer than usual gap between records. It’s not as if the band have been on hiatus since then, either: they’ve toured rather extensively, going as far as taking their trailblazing record, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth on the road in its entirety. We also know that the band are working on new music and have signed to a new management company (Jay Z‘s Roc Nation, no less), so I’d wager to bet that the band are preparing a new record for release within the next year or so.
In the mean time, the band are still sporadically hitting the road for live shows. Most recently, the band have announced a run of dates for June with emo quintet You Blew It! It’s crazy how Coheed’s sound lends itself to a variety of different touring opportunities. They can tour with prog/tech metal and emo/punk bands alike and just have everything make sense. Unfortunately, I’ve never considered myself a fan of Dashboard Confessional, so…
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Having just wrapped up another special tour with Thank You Scientist, Coheed and Cambria will take a short rest before making another trek to dazzle audiences around the world. For this latest escapade, the band took stages across North America to play the entirety of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 in all of its glory and wrapped up most shows with encores of up to five or six songs.
Please bask in the photos below to either live or relive a fantastic performance from two monumental modern progressive acts.
We might be a ways off from a new album from progressive alt rock group Coheed and Cambria — the latest estimate from the band places the work in progress record in mid-2015 — but that’s not stopping Coheed main man Claudio Sanchez from giving fans a glimpse of new material. Claudio has uploaded a video of himself performing a stripped-down version of a new song, ‘Atlas,’ named after his newborn son, to the band’s official YouTube channel. Check it out after the jump.
That puzzling countdown that we encountered at Coheed and Cambria‘s website last week? As suspected, the countdown culminated in an announcement that Coheed and Cambria were returning to the road. But this isn’t just any tour; the group will be performing their album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 in its entirety. Even better, they’re bringing along Heavy Blog favorites Thank You Scientist! Yes good!
Remember that exciting and mysterious countdown that popped up last night on Coheed and Cambria‘s website? Well when the clock struck zero, it was replaced with… yet another countdown. Cool.
Let the speculations begin! Last night, Coheed and Cambria changed their website to one very mysterious page: a 19 and a half hour countdown towards…your guess is as good as ours. Following the incredible success that was The Afterman, one can only hope that this means we can expect a new album this year. However, knowing Coheed, this could be anything from another video to a comic book or any other sort of craziness.
Alright, listen up. Apparently there’s some mass confusion about acoustic versions among artists, why you do them, and, more importantly, why you’re doing them badly. So badly, in fact, that you’re straight up ruining your own song, both in acoustic and in demeaning the original version by proxy. You need to stop, because you’re an idiot.
02. White Noise
04. Screaming Still
05. Poor Gloria
06. Haunted pt. I
08. Day of the Dead
12. Haunted pt. II
13. Haunted pt. III
The last few years have seen a slew of bands that focus on technical lines interacting with high-pitched vocals to create a soaring, emotional sound. Coheed and Cambria and Mandroid Echostar lead this style, blending catchy rock melodies and fearless progressive breakdowns to create infectious music that hooks you quickly and leaves you invested. Into this landscape erupts Alaya with their debut album, Thrones. The band announced the album in 2012, but it’s absolutely been worth the wait. Thrones is an engaging and mature album, marking a stellar beginning for these intriguing artists.
Tides of Man
Young and Courageous
01. Desolate. Magnificent.
02. Mountain House
04. Young and Courageous
05. All The Years
06. Eyes Like Strange Sins
07. We Were Only Dreaming
08. Hold Still
09. Keep Me Safe
11. Measure Your Breath
It’s been quite a while since Tides of Man have released an album, and in that time the Florida-based band have undergone a drastic transformation. 2010’s Dreamhouse was a fantastic piece of progressive rock tinged with post-hardcore that fit right alongside the likes of Coheed and Cambria or Chiodos, but shortly after the record’s release the band parted ways with frontman Tilian Pearson and began the search for a replacement vocalist. Not being able to find a good fit though, they eventually decided to halt the search and carry on as an instrumental outfit. With vocals being such a central element to their previous work, this change called for an appropriate evolution of the band’s sound, and the result of this reinvention is Young and Courageous.
Here we are at the end of our fifth year at Heavy Blog. I remember at one point in high school (circa 2005-2006), I listened to Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine and thought death metal was unmelodic noisey garbage that tried way too hard to be offensive. I even wrote a rant about the matter on my MySpace blog, which served as a precursor for Heavy Blog. Embarrassing, I know. So why talk about it now?
I feel like if you look back on every year-end list I’ve done for this site (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), you can see an evolution take place from metalcore kid just getting his feet wet in the online metal community to someone who I feel is more well-rounded and respective of all genres. You won’t just be catching prog and djent, I assure you. This list has more diversity, and likely includes the heaviest albums of any list I’ve done before. This blog has some depth in that regard, as you can chart the taste of our writers as they change over the years. I like to think that’s pretty neat, and it allows for this site to grow and change with the genre we all associate with so closely. Thankfully, music taste is fluid, and I’m glad that there’s more and more music available every year for us to enjoy.
2013 was an insane year. I graduated college, landed my first job from of my major, and started living on my own. With so much going on, you may have noticed a bit of a dip in content once summer rolled around. That wasn’t a coincidence. Even with a 8-4 job, I still try to keep Heavy Blog afloat, though I’ve considered stepping down or closing our doors on more than one occasion as the stress got a little hard to handle. Who knows what 2014 will hold, but I do know that 2013 was unforgettable. I can’t believe it’s almost over.
So without further ado, here’s an arbitrarily numbered list of awesome albums from 2013. Remember: it’s okay to not like thing.